Bacteria Art – This Could Go Viral!

OK. OK. I hear the groans.  (Giggle)  My brain can’t resist playing with words the way Zachery Copfer plays with bacteria – fancifully, lovingly.  Microbiologist-turned-artist, Copfer has had a long, close, I might even say symbiotic interaction with bacteria.  He got to know them so well he can induce bacteria growth in predicted patterns to…

Hidden in Plain Sight – Rain-Activated Art

WEST SEATTLE — (Brett Cihon’s article paraphrased below.) Peregrine Church, 21, has created art with a different twist. The art appears only when it rains. Church uses a biologically friendly superhydrocoating to paint inspirational phrases on sidewalks. The image is visible only when wet. Church doesn’t think of himself as an artist. Instead, he thinks…

2014 Academics’ Choice BRAIN TOY Award Winner!

Morph-O-Scopes “Sports of All Sorts” Kit Wins 2014 Academics’ Choice Award for Mind-Building Excellence SEATTLE, WA (May 1, 2014)  –  OOZ & OZ is pleased to announce that its Morph-O-Scopes “Sports of All Sorts” Kit has been honored with a 2014 Academics’ Choice Brain Toy Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for…

Academics’ Choice Awards

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Q: Is STEAM Just a Lot of Hot Air?

What do I think? I think the Arts absolutely deserve a seat at the STEM table. No question! The Arts utilize the same critical thinking skills essential for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The difference between STEM and STEAM lies chiefly in the form taken by lessons and products. Unfortunately, many artists/art educators aren’t trained…

Optical Illusions for Ray-Ban by Brusspup – Awesome!

The first video below – Brusspup’s Rubik’s Cube – went viral this year. I know because customers from all over the world who loved and bought Morph-O-Scopes from me at the Ventures Store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market were excited to share the video as “this other totally cool anamorphic thing on YouTube!”  We gushed…

Forgive me, followers, for I have sinned (according to the bible of blog). It has been four months since my last post.

I really shouldn’t feel guilty.  After all, I was having some big life events: a “totaled” car,  near loss of my nonagenarian mom, and my own double hernia surgery (followed by nasty post-op UTIs and two re-injured cervical disks. (Thank you, anesthesiologist!)  Good times. So, yeah, I have excuses. Nonetheless, dear readers, you’ve been in…

Secret Messages

The Ventures store at Seattle’s Pike Place Market often invites me to come demonstrate my eye-boggling optical illusion art & science kits. For customers to see Morph-O-Scopes secret images, their correct viewing angle is essential. Since kids and parents are different heights I raise or lower my demos to give everyone an optimal viewing fun…

Optical Illusion Dance

It’s universal, our delight with things optical illusion. On 8 марта (March 8), International Women’s Day in Russia, these ladies performed a clever little optical illusion number to the delight of the entire audience. Click the photo to see the video. As you can see, each costume is half black and half white.  The left half…

I Wish I Had the Time These Guys Have!

I’d just sit and watch the clock all day! I’m even fantasizing about flying to Dubai to do it. That’s where Stockholm-based designers Bastian Bischoff and Per Emanuelsson are exhibiting this utterly brilliant timepiece during Design Days Dubai 2013. In 2011, Bischoff and Emanuelsson came up with their first optical illusion Clock Clock – “a…